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Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies (ACRE) Program for Massachusetts

March 2018

The Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) was created as part of the implementation of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which focuses reducing carbon emissions and building a more climate resilient Massachusetts. The program advances that goal - as well as more specific goals identified in the Massachusetts Local Action Food Plan - by providing grants to producers to implement practices that improve their farms’ resiliency. $500,000 in grants have gone to 16 Massachusetts farms to install practices that help mitigate and adapt to climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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Meat of the Matter: A Municipal Guide to Climate-Friendly Food Purchasing

December 7, 2017

The research behind this report suggests that shifting institutional food procurement away from meat and dairy products and towards plant-based options would significantly reduce GHG emissions, and is more sustainable. Eating more plant-based foods is considered essential to meeting climate change goals - as well as plant-based foods offer quantifiable health and environmental benefits. This guide offers tools, strategies, and guidance on how cities and counties can advance climate-friendly food procurement.

Related Organizations: Friends of the Earth

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: Lessons from Vermont

November 2, 2017

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center describes climate-smart agricultural practices and efforts states can take to help farms prepare for climate change impacts. The report also includes a case study of how the State of Vermont supported adaptation in the agricultural sector after Hurricane Irene in 2011, which may be helpful to states and communities recovering from recent storms. The report was authored by Deborah Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Related Organizations: Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Deb Markowitz

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NC ADAPT Adaptive Management Strategies for Farms and Forests

January 2017

The North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation (NC ADAPT) Work Group investigates the impacts of climate change on North Carolina’s agriculture and forestry sectors, and has developed adaptive management recommendations that producers can use to build operational climate resilience. The Work Group created four stakeholder teams for Commodity Crops, Livestock, Forestry, and Specialty Crops - and developed reports of adaptation needs, priorities and strategies for each of the four focal sectors.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC-Adapt)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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USDA Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast

October 2016

This USDA report provides information and resources to help farmers prepare for and respond to the regional impacts of climate change. The report summarizes the effects of climate change on agriculture and natural resources in the Midwest and Northeast U. S. and overviews strategic options for climate adaptation in agriculture.   The USDA provides new resources to bring climate change planning to the farm - including adaptation strategies and approaches, an adaptation workbook, and examples for assessing and planning.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USDA Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry: Case Studies

May 2016

The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry initiative is the Department's framework for helping farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners respond to climate change. The effort involves voluntary, incentive-based conservation, resilience planning, resource conservation, and energy programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and expand renewable energy production in the agricultural and forestry sectors. In this report USDA published the results of case studies that demonstrate exemplary climate smart agriculture and forestry practices for each of the ten “building blocks:” Soil Health Nitrogen Stewardship Livestock Partnerships Conservation of Sensitive Lands Grazing and Pasture Lands Private Forest Growth and Retention Stewardship of Federal Forests Promotion of Wood Products Urban Forests Energy Generation and Efficiency Each case study is a one page review describing the sustainability achievements and climate solutions implemented.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Keeping North Carolina's Farms and Forests Vibrant and Resilient: An Adaptive Management Planning Strategy

June 2015

The North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC-Adapt) has found that climate change risks to North Carolina’s agriculture and forestry industries warrant expanded and accelerated adaptive management planning. In this report, NC-Adapt reviews summarized climate impacts for the sectors, and outlines an adaptive management plan to improve agriculture and forestry resiliency and economic viability.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Agriculture and Forestry Adaptation Work Group (NC-Adapt)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USDA Departmental Regulation 1070-001: Climate adaptation

Febuary 15, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in June 2015 additional steps it is taking to integrate climate change adaptation into USDA's programs and operations. Under Departmental Regulation 1070-001, the updated USDA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation, USDA recognizes that climate stressors have consequences for food production, yields of staple crops, forests and grasslands, and in turn, affect the economic stability of individuals, communities, and the country.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Microsoft Climate Data Initiative

July 2014

In response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Microsoft offers the Climate Data Initiative (CDI) Award program. This program supports the CDI’s goals of preparedness for and resilience to climate change impacts.The Microsoft Azure for Research program granted 12 months of free cloud computing resources to 20 awardees selected. Each award provides up to 180,000 hours of cloud computing time and 20 terabytes of cloud storage to be used for the project.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Microsoft

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USDA 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan

2014

The 2014 U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Change Adaptation Plan presents strategies and actions to address the effects of climate change on key mission areas including agricultural production, food security, rural development, and forestry and natural resources conservation. The Plan includes input from eleven USDA agencies and offices.   It provides a detailed vulnerability assessment, reviews the elements of USDA’s mission that are at risk from climate change, and provides specific actions and steps being taken to build resilience to climate change.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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